Check out our new Video Sampling!

Posted in choreography, news, research, sampling on September 26th, 2009

Reality / Saudades M

Reality / Saudades M, Our latest video is an experiment as part of our upcoming Punk Yankees concert – the culmination of a year long study of “sampling” dance. Here we sample Ayman Harper and Mario Zambrano.

So You Think You Can Choreograph?

Posted in choreography, contests, research on September 10th, 2009
Join the project!

Join the project!

Submit your work and the public will decide!

The choreography with the highest number of votes will appear in Punk Yankees, our evening-length work premiering in October at The Dance Center of Columbia College. Click here for details.

Grand Prize:  2 tickets to the Punk Yankees benefit performance, where you can watch your moves being performed by Lucky Plush Productions.

Second Place:  10th anniversary season t-shirt with the appropriated Lucky Strike logo.

Read the submission guidelines, and browse our latest submissions.

A simple beginning to a complicated subject

Posted in mashup, research, sampling on April 18th, 2009

As part of my initial research for Punk Yankees, I asked the dancers to make a list of what they considered to be the most iconic moments in dance. It seemed a logical introduction into sampling dance to reproduce some of these classic moments. At the time, Beyonce had just released her “All the Single Ladies” video in which she samples Bob Fosse’s choreography in a questionable manner, so we thought it would be appropriate to appropriate her appropriation, and of course use her song.

Ultimately we sampled and mashed up over 30 iconic moments in dance, and put it to almost as many music samples in a “Single Ladies mash-up” created by Yea Big. Can you name all of the iconic moments? Look for clues to help you.

You can also watch us perform this dance in various site-specific locations, or buy the “how to” version for endless personal enjoyment.

—Julia Rhoads, Artistic Director